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Riley Roo
4/23/96 - 1/20/11

NADAC: NATCH, S-ECC S-EJC S-EAC O-TN-E O-TG-E WV-E CL-4 JV-E Outstanding, GV-E RS-E,
Elite Versatility, 1000pt Award, #3 Pembroke Welsh Corgi in NADAC 2005

Riley was my first agility dog.  I would not be doing dog agility today if his love and easy mastery of the game hadn't carried me through the early years.  His career was cut short by cancer, a bone cancer that I'm proud to say he overcame and survived, although he lost a front leg to it in 2007.  He taught me everything I need to know about enjoying what I have, rather than what I'm missing.

The cancer would not win this one.

Shortly after his cancer treatments, Riley was stricken with degenerative myelopathy and he has spent the last 2 years defying the cruel disease that slowly robbed what abilities he had left.  His resilience throughout was amazing we often remarked that Riley was made of steel.  When his spirit finally tired of fighting, we chose to cross the line that now divides what had seemed inseparable.

I hate to mention his illnesses, because he never let them define him.  I remember him as funny, fearless, driven, social to a fault, athletic, a ham and a performer, devoted, photogenic, loving, and addicted to speed.  If he had to go anywhere, he always ran.  As I learned in his later years, he was also highly adaptable and the very definition of intrepid. We seemed to always understand each other, and he is the only dog I have ever "zoned" with on an agility course.  He was my Champion.

How can I possibly thank enough my husband, Roger, who lovingly tended to Riley round-the-clock when I was at work or away?  His years of care and patience were indispensable and beyond value to me.

 Many special dogs that I know personally have crossed the Bridge (long before their due) during the time that I was still able to enjoy my Riley.  We have been extremely fortunate for the extra time we were afforded after the cancer diagnosis, and I will always consider this an amazing gift.

Thank you and a-rrrooo, Riley.  You shared the best years of my life, and that is forever ours.  When you hit the ground over there, keep on running.  I'll catch up.